- 19 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 10, 1990
- Date of passing: Jan 20, 2010
|Let the memory of Gifford be with us forever|
U.S. Army Pfc. Gifford Ethan Hurt Jr., 19, of 116 Hollow Lane, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, in Mosul, Iraq. This was his first deployment with his unit 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 214 th Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, based out of Fort Sill, Okla. He was born Oct. 10, 1990 in New York to Lisa and Gifford Hurt Sr. Upon his mother's remarriage, at the age of 2, he was raised by her and his stepfather Reginald S. Thompson of Charlotte. G.J., as he was affectionately called, loved life. He had a thirst for knowledge. His passion was boxing, basketball, and weight training. He joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, as this was a dream of his. He died doing what he loved, defending his country. His dream was to retire from the Army. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. G.J. leaves behind to cherish his memories his loving mother, Lisa; stepfather, Reginald Thompson of Charlotte; his siblings, Ashley and husband Brandon and their child Briannah of Fort Stewart, Ga., Tarique, Malik and Alyssa; his grandmothers, Yvonne McTurner and Lovella Thompson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends
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